This weekend, Holly Holy Day celebrates the Battle of Nantwich with musket fire, drums and Plough Witches. It takes over the Cheshire market town throughout Saturday, with something to entertain all ages.
For more than 40 years, the faithful troops of The Sealed Knot have gathered in the historic town of Nantwich, to re-enact a bloody battle that took place there in 1643. Now known as Holly Holy Day, the annual event re-enacts the battle that ended the long and painful siege of the town.
Battle of Nantwich events
This year there’ll be events in the town from 9am onwards, offering a whole day of family entertainment. Visitors can expect plenty of street entertainment including the Plough Witches, Morris dancers, and drum, musket and pike demonstrations. Plus, there’s guided tours and walks around the town, so you can see the battlefield and learn more about the local history. Free kids’ activities include badge making, armour handling and a town trail.
The event will culminate with the troops of The Sealed Knot marching through the town to the main square. There will be a short commemorative service before the troops head down to Mill Island. The battle re-enactment itself takes place from 2pm, along with artillery displays and some rather big bangs!
Nantwich has been a staple of the re-enactment calendar for more than four decades, and thousands turn out every year to watch The Sealed Knot mark this pivotal moment in the town’s history. From the impressive sight of hundreds of troops marching through the town to the sounds of battle, come rain or shine this is an event that always proves popular with local families.
When: 21st January 2023
Where: Nantwich town centre, Cheshire
£: Admission to watch the Mill Island battle costs £3 for adults, £1 for children or £6 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Wristbands are available from the town square. Guided walks are £5 for adults and free for children. Many of the town centre events are also free